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UCLan Confucius Institute celebrates five year anniversary

30 September 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Opera singer entertains local schools to mark occasion

Local schoolchildren have enjoyed the theatrical drama of Chinese opera at a celebratory event held at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Over a 100 young people from one primary and two secondary schools visited the University to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the UCLan Confucius Institute which promotes Chinese language and culture within the local community.

The pupils listened to Chinese Kunqu Opera singer Kathy Hall perform and were taught how to sing a few phrases from ‘The Peony Pavilion’, a Chinese play. They also donned a traditional costume called water sleeves and practised speaking Mandarin with the University’s Chinese students.

Broughton High School pupil 14-year-old Jodie Howarth said: “It’s been a great experience as we’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve learned quite a lot about the Chinese culture and enjoyed speaking a few words in Mandarin.”

“Over the past five years the Institute has significantly raised the profile of China, its language and its culture in the region.”

Feixi Yu, the Director of UCLan Confucius Institute, commented: “Over the past five years the Institute has significantly raised the profile of China, its language and its culture in the region.

We are especially proud of our contributions to the University and the wider education community so bringing together local schools to celebrate this five year milestone is an ideal way to mark it.”

Since it was established in 2008 the UCLan Confucius Institute has introduced Mandarin Chinese to primary school children across the North West and many secondary schools in the area have benefitted from Chinese culture taster days. It has also created many opportunities for schoolchildren and university students to visit and study in China.

UCLan Vice Chancellor Professor Gerry Kelleher and Dr Hengsheng Fu, Education Consul from Manchester Chinese Consulate, officially opened the five year anniversary event.